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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

A fairy tale podcast for kids about extraordinary women from all over the world. Based on the bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, each episode explores the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests. Each episode is narrated by real-life women who are pioneers, creators, champions, and leaders.

Episodes

  • Get to Know Poorna Jagannathan

    Oct 21 2021

    [This episode originally aired in April 2018.] Poorna Jagannathan is an actress and the producer of "Nirbhaya" ('Fearless'), the critically-acclaimed play written and directed by Yael Farber. Based on real-life events, the play breaks the silence around sexual violence and was called by The Telegraph as one of the "most powerful pieces of theater you’ll ever see.”Jagannathan gained international recognition for her portrayal of a journalist in the 2011 Bollywood film "Delhi Belly" and has appear...more

  • Madam C.J. Walker Read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Oct 19 2021

    [This episode originally aired in April 2018.] Once upon a time, there was an inventor and entrepreneur named Madam C.J. Walker. She was the child of slaves, the first in her family to be born free, thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation. As a child, she had to work in the cotton fields to help support her family. Later, as a teenaged orphan, she became a washerwoman, backbreaking work considered one of the worst and most difficult jobs a woman could have.But she dreamed of more -- for herself ...more

  • Get to Know Danni Washington

    Oct 14 2021

    [This episode originally aired in April, 2021.] Get to know science communicator Danni Washington, who brought us the story of environmental activist Xiye Bastida. Danni tells us about her new podcast The Genius Generation, celebrating young people tackling the world’s biggest problem. She shares her love of the ocean, and how she became a science communicator. And she tells the story of meeting Xiye in person at the 2019 climate march!

  • Xiye Bastida Read by Danni Washington

    Oct 12 2021

    [This episode is in honor of Indigenous People's Day. It originally aired in April, 2021.] In March 2019, Xiye Bastida led hundreds of her classmates in New York City in the first-ever global youth strike for climate justice. Since then, Bastida has become a leading voice in the youth climate justice movement in the United States and beyond, energizing and empowering youth to speak out to save the planet. Drawing on her Indigenous heritage as part of the Otomi-Toltec Peoples from Mexico, today, ...more

  • Mini Episode! Nandi Bushell Read By Jacqueline Green

    Oct 08 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who went from making pancakes with her parents to making history as an international rockstar and YouTube sensation — all before turning twelve years old! Her name is Nandi. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebelgirls.com/dreamseekers! About the NarratorJacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New ...more

  • Get to Know Megalyn Echikunwoke and Celeste the Therapist

    Oct 07 2021

    Meet Megalyn Echikunwoke and Celeste Viciere, aka Celeste The Therapist. Megalyn and Celeste share their own experiences with stress and discuss helpful ways to manage similarly difficult situations to what Naomi Osaka has experienced.

  • Naomi Osaka Read by Megalyn Echikunwoke

    Oct 05 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl from Japan with arms so strong she could serve a tennis ball at more than 120 miles per hour. Her name is Naomi Osaka - a powerful professional tennis player who has taken the sport by storm and has become an advocate for mental health. Naomi has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.About the NarratorMegalyn Echikunwoke is an actor, writer singer and dancer. Discovered at a high sch...more

  • Get to Know Maya2960

    Sep 30 2021

    Meet Maya2960, a social media activist and political commentator. Listen in as Maya shares the ups and downs of using her voice to influence social and political change.

  • Shirley Chisholm Read by Maya2960

    Sep 28 2021

    Born in New York City in 1924, Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, and in 1972, she became the first Black woman from a major political party to run for President. As an outspoken politician, educator, and activist, Chisholm fought for gender and racial equality, better wages for workers, and a more equal and just world. In 2015, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, who echoed the words Chisholm he...more

  • Mini Episode! Judith Jamison Read By Jacqueline Green

    Sep 24 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl in a red-checkered shirt, long blue jeans, and pink ballet shoes, who was determined to change the world through dancing. Her name is Judith Jamison. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebegirls.com/dreamseekers! About the NarratorJacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She began her ...more

  • Get to Know Amita Parikh

    Sep 23 2021

    Meet Amita Parikh, a writer and mentor in the Black Girl Writers program where she helps mentor black females who are interested in writing books but may not know where to start.

  • Octavia Butler Read by Amita Parikh

    Sep 21 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a shy, dreamy kid who wouldn’t stop writing. Her name was Octavia -- a girl with social anxiety and dyslexia who wrote some of the most amazing science fiction novels about wild futures, space adventures, and superhuman people. She wrote more than a dozen books and is now known as the Grand Dame of Science Fiction.About the NarratorAfter earning a college degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, Amita Parikh moved to London where she completed the six m...more

  • Get to Know Refilwe Ledwaba

    Sep 16 2021

    Meet Refilwe Ledwaba, a helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, a flight instructor, an advocate for women's rights and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goalkeeper who made history by becoming the first black female pilot to fly for the police service in South Africa.

  • Thokozile Muwamba Read by Refilwe Ledwaba

    Sep 14 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who soared and swooped through the sky. Her name is Thokozile Muwamba. In 2017, at age 24, Thokozile Muwamba broke barriers by becoming Zambia’s first female fighter pilot. Today, she continues to soar through the sky and is also an outspoken advocate against cyberbullying.About the NarratorRefilwe Ledwaba is a social entrepreneur, an advocate of girl’s education especially Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) education. She spent 10 year...more

  • Mini Episode! Bindi Irwin Read By Jacqueline Green

    Sep 10 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a zoo and took care of animals like lizards, snakes, and anteaters every day. A girl who would one day share her love of protecting animals with the WHOLE world! Her name is Bindi Irwin. This special mini episode is brought to you by the all-new Dream Seekers dolls. For special activities related to this episode, visit www.rebelgirls.com/dreamseekers!About the NarratorJacqueline Green followed her dream to become a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Ameri...more

  • Get to Know Kateri Bluford

    Sep 09 2021

    Meet Kateri Bluford, an American singer, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who gained national and international acclaim after appearing on Season 2 of The Four starring Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Megan Trainor and host Fergie.

  • Rosetta Tharpe Read by Kateri Bluford

    Sep 07 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl with a song in her heart. Her name was Sister Rosetta Tharpe - a guitar-playing, gospel-singing legend whose unique style and stage-presence inspired the greatest rock musicians of the last century. She is known as the godmother of rock n’ roll and was posthumously inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. About the NarratorKateri Bluford is an American singer, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who gained national and international acclaim aft...more

  • Get to Know Camille Stennis

    Sep 02 2021

    Meet the dynamic audio producer and sound designer behind some of your favorite audio content at Rebel Girls, Camille Stennis. Camille talks about her own creative process and journey to discovering her identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Living happily in Los Angeles with her wife and 2 dogs, Camille shares how important it is to do what you love.

  • Audre Lorde Read by Camille Stennis

    Aug 31 2021

    Born in Harlem in 1934 to a family of Caribbean immigrants, Audre Lorde grew up to become a Black feminist icon and celebrated American poet, writer, and activist. Best known for her works exploring her own multifaceted identity, Lorde both struggled with and embraced the differences that made her unique—and the ones that drew her to others. A poet and self-described “warrior,” Lorde created a space for herself in America by writing about her personal experiences and advocating for freedom for p...more

  • Get to Know Lindsey "Crazy Aunt Lindsey" Murphy

    Aug 26 2021

    [This episode originally aired January 14, 2021.] Get to know Lindsey E. Murphy, who narrated the story of computer chemist Alice Ball. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey. In this episode, she tells us what made her fall in love with science, and why kids, especially girls, should be excited by science today. She also talks about the importance of representation in STEM fields, and how we can go about designing our own experiments at home!

  • Alice Ball Read by Lindsey "Crazy Aunt Lindsey" Murphy

    Aug 24 2021

    [This episode originally aired January 12, 2021.] Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help people who were in pain. Her name was Alice Ball, an incredibly bright, determined young woman who grew up to be a brilliant chemist — developing life-changing treatments for patients with leprosy. She was also the first woman and first African American to graduate with a master’s degree in chemistry and also teach at the University of Hawaii It all started when she was just a young girl growi...more

  • Get To Know Rebeca Lane

    Aug 19 2021

    Meet the awesome Guatemalan rapper and activist Rebeca Lane, who read us the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. Rebeca talks about the inspiration for her music and her activism, and why fighting for women’s rights is especially important to her. She says that while her country has changed a lot, there is still much work to be done.

  • Rigoberta Menchú Read By Rebeca Lane

    Aug 17 2021

    Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an Indigenous Mayan human rights activist from Guatemala who grew up in the depths of poverty and in a country ravaged by a decades-long civil war. Despite the many challenges she faced, including the tragic loss of her parents to government-sponsored violence, Rigoberta never gave up on her ideals and always fought for freedom and justice. Her bravery and outspoken activism for the rights of Indigenous, poor, and marginalized peoples led to her receiving the Nobel Peace ...more

  • Get to Know Brenda Chapman

    Aug 12 2021

    This episode originally aired on 10/1/2020. Get to know Brenda Chapman, who helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios and later joined Pixar Animation Studios where she created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her daughter - for which she was the first woman to win an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. Currently, Chapman is working on a novel, a memoir and a children’s book.

  • Alice Guy-Blache Read by Brenda Chapman

    Aug 10 2021

    This episode was originally released 09/29/2020. Once upon a time, there was a girl whose love for stories would make her the first female filmmaker in the world. Her name was Alice Guy Blache. Alice was a pioneer in filmmaking, starting her storied career as an assistant in a French camera factory and eventually owning her own successful movie studio in the United States. Guy-Blache made hundreds of films over her lifetime and pushed the art form forward in many ways.About the NarratorBrenda Ch...more

  • Get To Know Donita Sparks

    Aug 05 2021

    Meet the awesome rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the band L7, Donita Sparks. Donita read us the story of the godmother of punk, Joan Jett. Donita tells us how she got into rock music, what the LA music scene was like when she got her start in the 1980s, and how things are changing for women rockers over time (thanks in part to the pioneering Joan Jett).

  • Joan Jett Read By Donita Sparks

    Aug 03 2021

    Although Joan Jett has been called the “Godmother of punk,” this rocker’s rise to super stardom came with plenty of twists and turns. From the time Joan picked up her first electric guitar at age 13 in 1971, she was met with the refrain that “girls don’t play guitars”—and that they certainly don’t play rock. Joan spent the rest of her life proving these naysayers wrong, founding one of the first all-girl rock bands at age 16 before skyrocketing to the top of the charts as the frontwoman of Joan ...more

  • Get to Know Hilaree Nelson

    Jul 29 2021

    Get to know ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, who read us the story of her friend Kit DesLauriers, the first person to ski from the summit of the highest mountain on all seven continents! Hilaree tells us about her adventures in the Himalayas, and why she loves pursuing such challenging sports. She also tells us her tricks for overcoming doubt and pushing through the hard times attempting to summit massive mountain peaks.

  • Kit DesLauriers Read By Hilaree Nelson

    Jul 27 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved adventure, exploring nature, and dreamt of skiing down the tallest mountains in the world. Her name was Kit DesLauriers, a determined young woman with a fierce curiosity to explore the tallest mountaintops — and then ski freely down the slopes. Kit was the first person to ski all Seven Summits, the first woman to ski Mount Everest, and is a two-time women’s world freeskiing champion. About the NarratorCombining a passion for exploration, mountain adve...more

  • Get to Know Lindsey Vonn

    Jul 22 2021

    (This episode was originally released 8/2/2020) Today, you'll hear from Lindsey Vonn who narrated the previous episode about Simone Biles. If you haven't listened to that episode, now is a great time to go back and check it out. Lindsey Vonn is a former alpine ski racer for the United States Ski Team. She’s won Olympic bronze and gold medals, two World Championship gold medals, and four overall World Cup titles. A New York Times bestselling author, she founded the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, which ...more

  • Simone Biles Read by Lindsey Vonn

    Jul 20 2021

    (This episode was originally released 7/27/2020) Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved flipping, flying, and tumbling. Her name was Simone Biles.Simone is an Olympic champion gymnast and first-ever woman to land a triple-double in competition on the floor. She’s world-renowned for making gymnastics look effortless, but Simone overcame all kinds of adversity. Listen to hear more about her adoption, struggles with ADHD, and time training with the Final Five.About the Narrator:Lindsey Vonn i...more

  • Our Favorite Moments Pt. 2

    Jul 15 2021

    This is a special two part episode, highlighting the Rebel Girls team’s favorite moments from the podcast. If you want to share your own favorite moments, and possibly be featured in one of our episodes, submit to podcast@rebelgirls.com.CreditsThis podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This episode was produced, sound designed and mixed by Camille Stennis. Executive producer is Katie Sprenger. Original theme music was composed a...more

  • Our Favorite Moments Pt. 1

    Jul 13 2021

    This is a special two part episode, highlighting the Rebel Girls team’s favorite moments from the podcast. If you want to share your own favorite moments, and possibly be featured in one of our episodes, submit to podcast@rebelgirls.com.CreditsThis podcast is a production of Rebel Girls. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This episode was produced, sound designed and mixed by Camille Stennis. Executive producer is Katie Sprenger. Original theme music was composed a...more

  • Get to Know Ilana Glazer

    Jul 08 2021

    This episode was originally released 01/21/2021. Get to know actor, comedian, and activist Ilana Glazer, who narrated the story of Vice President Kamala Harris. Ilana tells us how she got in to comedy and acting, and why it is so important to use her platform to encourage young people to vote and become involved in politics. She also gives ideas for how (and why) kids can get involved in politics and make a difference in the world even before they are old enough to vote.

  • Kamala Harris Read by Ilana Glazer

    Jul 06 2021

    This episode was originally released 01/19/2021. Once upon a time, in Berkeley, California, there was a girl, who loved to run. Her name was Kamala Harris. And she was the daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India. Both parents became PhDs and their bi-racial daughter Kamala grew up to become the first by many measures. About the NarratorActor and comedian Ilana Glazer is the co-creator of "Broad City" on Comedy Central and has a stand-up special on Amazon Prime Video called "The Plan...more

  • Get To Know Serena Yang

    Jul 01 2021

    Meet 2021 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Serena Yang. Serena read us the story of the poet and astronomer Hazel Scott. Serena tells us how she became a poet, and what inspires her to write. She also tells us how her immigrant story has informed her worldview and activism, and how she connects to Wang Zhenyi’s curiosity and drive to explore the world.

  • Wang Zhenyi Read By Serena Yang

    Jun 29 2021

    Born during the Qing Dynasty in China, Wang Zhenyi defied the gender stereotypes of her era to become an acclaimed astronomer and renowned poet. Despite never receiving a formal education, Zhenyi tore through the volumes of books in her grandfather’s library, journeyed across China with her father, and learned about poetry from her grandmother. Aware of the social inequalities of her day, Zhenyi worked hard to make math and science accessible to all, and in her hundreds of poems and verses, she ...more

  • Get To Know Frida Kahlo With Beth Evans, Art Educator

    Jun 24 2021

    Get to know painter and rebel girl Frida Kahlo with Beth Evans, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator for the National Portrait Gallery at Smithsonian Institution. Beth tells us what kids today can learn from Frida's example, and what makes her art, and her life, so special.

  • Frida Kahlo Read By Pamela Adlon

    Jun 22 2021

    (This episode originally aired 6/25/2018) Once upon a time, in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City, there was a girl who lived in a blue house. Her name was Frida. From the outside, Frida's blue house was a common stucco building, with bright blue walls, tall windows, and green shutters. But past the entrance, a world of wonder awaited.THE HOSTPamela Fionna Adlon is an EMMY Award Winning American actress, voice actress, screenwriter, producer, and director. Pamela Adlon lent her voice t...more

  • Get To Know Anita Hill

    Jun 17 2021

    Interview EpGet to know Anita Hill, professor and lawyer. She read us the story of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Anita tells us what Mrs. Parks’ story means to her, and what we can learn from her about the role of law in making the world a more fair and just place.

  • Rosa Parks Read By Anita Hill

    Jun 15 2021

    In December 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks made history by standing up to unjust segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama, when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man—a courageous act that helped launch the now-famous Montgomery bus boycott. In the years that followed, Parks was often characterized as a seamstress who was simply tired after a long day. However, Parks wasn’t tired from work—she was tired of being mistreated! While Parks is best known for that brave act of resistance, her a...more

  • Get To Know Andra Day

    Jun 10 2021

    (Originally aired 11/12/20) Meet the amazing soul, jazz and R&B singer, songwriter and performer, Andra Day. Andra read us the story of the child musical prodigy who grew up to wow audiences around the world, Hazel Scott. Andra tells us all about her creative process and what inspires her to make music!

  • Hazel Scott Read By Andra Day

    Jun 08 2021

    (Originally aired 11/10/20) Today we meet the incredible jazz and classical pianist, Hazel Scott. Hazel was a musical prodigy as a child and started at The Juilliard School of Music when she was just 8 years old! By her teen years she was playing piano all over New York City and eventually found her way to film and television. Her skills and talents were undeniable but it’s her bravery and willingness to stand up for what she believed in truly make her a Rebel Girl!About the NarratorAndra Day is...more

  • Get To Know Lea DeLaria

    Jun 03 2021

    Get to know comedian, actress, and musician Lea DeLaria, who read the story of groundbreaking conductor, WWII Dutch resistance member, and proud lesbian Frieda Belinfante. Lea tells us how she became a performer, what Pride means to her, and the ways she has seen the world change for the better for LGBTQ+ people in her lifetime.

  • Frieda Belinfante Read By Lea DeLaria

    Jun 01 2021

    Born in the Netherlands in 1904, Frieda Belinfante was one of the first female orchestra conductors in Europe. But Belinfante wasn’t just a musician—she was also an active member of the Dutch resistance in World War II, and her courageous acts helped save many lives. And, Belinfante was a proud lesbian, who faced discrimination because of who she loved. Eventually, Belinfante escaped the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1947, where she made music throughout the rest of her life...more

  • Get To Know Neri Oxman

    May 27 2021

    Get to know inventor, architect, and designer Neri Oxman, who narrated the story of the Queen of the curve Zaha Hadid. Neri tells us how she became interested in design, and how she uses the natural world to invent and create amazing things in art and architecture, including the challenge of creating a giant structure made of silk in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City!

  • Zaha Hadid Read By Neri Oxman

    May 25 2021

    Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Zaha Hadid had a groundbreaking career as an architect. She became known as the “Queen of the curve” for her innovative designs and buildings. Zaha was the first woman ever to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and designed the London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Olympics, the Guangzhou Opera House, and many other beautiful and creative buildings. She used her skills in art, architecture, and mathematics to leave her mark on cities around the world.  About the Narrat...more

  • Get To Know Kit DesLauriers

    May 20 2021

    (This episode originally aired 3/17/20) For this episode, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kit DesLauriers who narrated the previous episode about Junko Tabei. If you haven't listened to that story, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Kit reveals how she first felt when she arrived on the summit of Everest as well as the importance of taking care of our planet.About Deslauriers:Kit DesLauriers is the first person to ski the Seven Su...more

  • Junko Tabei Read By Kit DesLauriers

    May 18 2021

    (This episode originally aired 3/10/20) Once upon a time there was a girl who climbed to the very top of the world. Her name was Junko Tabei. In fourth grade, her teacher Watanabe-Sensei takes her class on a trip to a mountain. It’s bigger than any Junko’s ever seen, and she’s determined to make it to the top. After the trip, Junko becomes a mountaineer in body and spirit. She climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of her home country of Japan. She joins clim...more

  • Get To Know Jess Gillam

    May 13 2021

    Get to know British saxophonist Jess Gillam, who read us the story of electronic music pioneer Clara Rockmore. Jess tells us about her love for classical music, and how she fell in love with the saxophone. She talks about the joys challenges of being a professional musician, and how listeners can get their own start in music!

  • Clara Rockmore Read By Jess GIllam

    May 11 2021

    Born in Russia in 1911, Clara Rockmore grew up to become a trailblazing performer of the world’s first electronic instrument—the theremin. Rockmore was a child musical prodigy with perfect pitch, but by the time she was a teenager, an arm injury forced her to give up her beloved violin. Still, music called to her, and after Rockmore was introduced to a brand new instrument—one that made the player look like she was pulling notes out of thin air—she embraced the theremin’s magic, amazing the worl...more

  • Get To Know Ann Makosinski

    May 06 2021

    Get to know inventor Ann Makosinki, who brought us the story of movie star Anna May Wong. Ann talks about how she became a young inventor, and how we can become inventors ourselves. And she explains why the story of Anna May Wong is so important to her, especially as an Asian-American woman today.

  • Anna May Wong Read By Ann Makosinski

    May 04 2021

    Hailed as the first Asian American movie star, Anna May Wong’s groundbreaking career spanned from the silent film era to 1950s TV, when she starred in her own television show. Though bound by the racist and sexist stereotypes of Hollywood in the 1900s, including laws forbidding on-screen interracial relationships, Anna May Wong carved a path for herself in Hollywood and beyond, eventually appearing in 60+ films and performing on stages around the globe.About the NarratorAnn Makosinski is a 23 ye...more

  • Get To Know May Boeve

    Apr 29 2021

    (Originally aired 7/21/19) Today, you'll hear from May Boeve who narrated the previous episode about Katia Krafft. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Boeve reveals how she first cultivated an interest in climate change, the incredible humans who are working to create positive change, and the risk involved with her daily responsibilities!

  • Katia Krafft Read By May Boeve

    Apr 27 2021

    (Originally aired 7/19/19) Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of sailing down a river of lava. Her name was Katia. Katia became fascinated with volcanoes when she first saw them on-screen at a small French movie theater as a teenager. So, she set out to study them, capturing their magnificent beauty and power through the lens of her camera. With her daredevil husband Maurice by her side, Katia visited over half of the world’s active volcanoes, sailed a boat into a lake of acid, and even escaped ou...more

  • Get To Know Danni Washington

    Apr 22 2021

    Get to know science communicator Danni Washington, who brought us the story of environmental activist Xiye Bastida. Danni tells us about her new podcast The Genius Generation, celebrating young people tackling the world’s biggest problem. She shares her love of the ocean, and how she became a science communicator. And she tells the story of meeting Xiye in person at the 2019 climate march!

  • Xiye Bastida Read By Danni Washington

    Apr 20 2021

    In March 2019, Xiye Bastida led hundreds of her classmates in New York City in the first-ever global youth strike for climate justice. Since then, Bastida has become a leading voice in the youth climate justice movement in the United States and beyond, energizing and empowering youth to speak out to save the planet. Drawing on her Indigenous heritage as part of the Otomi-Toltec Peoples from Mexico, today, Bastida continues to advocate for restoring Earth’s balance and making environmentalism a w...more

  • Get To Know Jameela Jamil

    Apr 15 2021

    (This episode originally aired April 22nd, 2020)Today, you'll hear from Jameela Jamil who narrated this week's episode about Greta Thunberg. If you haven't listened to this week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Jameela offers advice on how to avoid bullies and how we can all do our part to protect the planet. Producer Camille also shares 5 great tips on how YOU can get involved with protecting the planet! About Jameela:Jameela works as an actress, writer, host and advoc...more

  • Greta Thunberg Read By Jameela Jamil

    Apr 13 2021

    (This episode originally aired April 20th, 2020)Once upon a time, there was a Swedish girl who refused to go to school. Her name was Greta.When Greta found out about an island of trash the size of Mexico floating around the ocean, she couldn’t understand why there weren’t more people concerned enough to take action. Greta found strength in talking about how global warming affects kids and grownups alike and how together we can make a positive impact on the world we live in.About the NarratorOur ...more

  • Get To Know Merritt Moore

    Apr 08 2021

    Get to know physicist and ballet dancer Dr. Merritt Moore, who brought us the story of roboticist Yoky Matsuoka. Merritt tells us about creating her dual path in arts and science, and what drew her into these different fields. She also tells us why Yoky’s story resonated so strongly with her, as she hid parts of herself from the world. And she shares her ultimate goal of going to the moon!

  • Yoky Matsuoka Read By Merritt Moore

    Apr 06 2021

    When Yoky Matsuoka was growing up in Tokyo, Japan, in the 1980s, she dreamed of becoming a world-famous tennis player. But when repeated injuries dashed her hopes, she found her way to a new dream: to create a robot who could play tennis with her. Yoky’s curiosity about the world, her limitless appetite for knowledge, and her ability to draw together different fields of study would one day lead her to become a pioneering force in the emerging field of neurobotics—and to create the most human-lik...more

  • Get To Know Hana Baba

    Apr 01 2021

    Get to know journalist and podcaster Hana Baba, who brought us the story of politician, writer, and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. Hana tells us how she fell in love with journalism, what it is like to break the expectations placed on her by her Sudanese family, and break the mold as a journalist who wears a headscarf. And, she explains what sees as Stacey Abrams’ biggest impacts on the world.

  • Stacey Abrams Read By Hana Baba

    Mar 30 2021

    In 2018, politician, lawyer, writer, and activist Stacey Abrams became the first Black woman nominated by any major political party to run for state governor in the U.S. when she made a bid to become governor of Georgia. She lost that election—just barely—but afterwards, she only became more passionate about ensuring that every eligible American can exercise their right to vote. Since then, Stacey has worked tirelessly to register hundreds of thousands of voters and to remove barriers to voting—...more

  • Get to Know Ani DiFranco

    Mar 25 2021

    Get to know Ani DiFranco, who narrated the story of Gloria Steinem. Ani is a singer, songwriter and label-owner who has made it her mission to make the world a better place. In this interview she tells us how she uses her platform as a performer to do just that!

  • Gloria Steinem Read By Ani DiFranco

    Mar 23 2021

    From her solo trips through India to her tireless work for women everywhere, Gloria Steinem is a rebel in the truest way! In this episode the amazing singer/songwriter, Ani DiFranco tells us all about Gloria’s childhood, her difficult relationship with her mom, and all the events that pushed her to spend her life fighting for the rights of women.About the NarratorAni DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed w...more

  • Get To Know The Mirabal Sisters, with writer Julia Alvarez!

    Mar 18 2021

    Get to know the Mirabal Sisters a little better with writer Julia Alvarez! She wrote the book In the Time of the Butterflies all about the sisters and she tells us more about their incredible impact on the Dominican Republic and why they're a personal inspiration to her. (Headshot photographed by Bill Eichner)Julia's BIOBorn in New York City in 1950, Julia Alvarez's parents returned to their native country, Dominican Republic, shortly after her birth. Ten years later, the family was forced to fl...more

  • The Mirabal Sisters Read By Jackie Cruz

    Mar 16 2021

    (This episode originally aired June 23rd, 2019)Once upon a time, four sisters led their country to freedom. Their names were Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dedé. Though they lived in a beautiful country, it was ruled by a cruel and arrogant dictator. Minerva wanted to do something about the injustices she saw, so she recruited her sisters, hosted secret meetings, and gathered weapons for a revolution. Tragically, three of the sisters did not live to see their plan enacted. But Dedé lived on ...more

  • Get To Know Philomena Kwao

    Mar 11 2021

    Get to know Philomena Kwao, a plus size model who lives in London and New York, and is also an ambassador for Women for Women International. She shares with us the impact Zainab’s story has had on her, the importance of representation and how important it is to share our stories.

  • Zainab Salbi read by Philomena Kwao

    Mar 09 2021

    In this episode we meet Zainab Salbi. Raised under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein by parents who were trapped among his inner circle, Zainab Salbi grew up knowing fear, war, and the pain caused by corrupt and powerful people. In response, at a young age, she committed herself to building a better world—especially for women. After moving to the United States, at age 23, Zainab founded Women for Women, an international organization that, since 1993, has provided financial support, job training...more

  • Get To Know Zainab Salbi

    Mar 04 2021

    Get to know Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, who narrated the story of Malala Yousafzai. In this interview, Salbi tells us how she escaped from the Saddam Hussein dictatorship and learned to use your voice and exercise her freedom of speech. She also tells us how she found the strength to tell her own story by gaining inspiration from women she worked with in war torn countries. And she tells us how she finds hope even in the darkest times and most challenging places. 

  • Malala Yousafzai Read By Zainab Salbi

    Mar 02 2021

    Education and peace activist Malala Yousafzai became a household name because of her vocal activism around the education of girls in her hometown in Pakistan. In 2012, at only 15 years old, she was shot by members of the Taliban for her work. Malala survived the attack and has since become an internationally known advocate and the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Malala continues raising her voice at every turn to draw attention to the plight of girls around the world ...more

  • Get To Know Harriet Tubman, with historian Christine Platt!

    Feb 25 2021

    Get to know our special guest, Christine Platt! She’s a historian, advocate and storyteller who has written a couple of books that introduce readers to Harriet Tubman. She shares how Harriet’s story resonates with her, untold tales and how she feels Harriet is the ultimate rebel girl.

  • Rebel Girls Remix! Harriet Tubman read by Tarana Burk‪e‬

    Feb 23 2021

    We have fully remixed this episode with brand new sounds and music!Once upon a time, there was a girl who fought for freedom. Her name was Harriet. In this episode, you will learn about the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history. Harriet risked her life to free hundreds of enslaved people and she remains one of the most powerful symbols of the human need for freedom and equality.The narrator of this episode is the great African-American activist Tarana...more

  • Get To Know Marley Dias

    Feb 18 2021

    Get to know activist and author, Marley Dias. Marley tells us how she founded her campaign to get more books with Black girl lead characters into schools, her continued work for diversity and inclusion, and how others can make important changes in their own communities. She also shares how she wrote her book, and how she learned to be brave.

  • Ruby Bridges read by Marley Dias

    Feb 16 2021

    In this episode we meet Ruby Bridges, who, as a very young child desegregated a public elementary school in New Orleans, Louisiana. That means she was the first Black student ever to go to that school. Ruby’s bravery in the face of immense bigotry helped further the cause of equal access to education! Her story is brought to us by Marley Dias, the amazing founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! About the NarratorMarley Dias is the 15-year-old founde...more

  • Get To Know Zozibini Tunzi

    Feb 11 2021

    Get to know model and beauty pageant titleholder, Zozibini Tunzi. Zozibini tells us what it means to have accomplished her dream of becoming Miss Universe, her continued hope for changes in the beauty industry, and how others can be changemakers. She also shares how you can change the world around you, no matter your age.

  • Miriam Makeba Read by Zozibini Tunzi

    Feb 09 2021

    Once there was a girl who sang from the heart, and fought for freedom through her music. Her name was Miriam Makeba. She was raised in South Africa in the 1930s, where laws oppressed Black people like her. She rose up in song to fight the racist system of Apartheid. She used her voice to travel the world and bring awareness about the injustices her people faced at home. Because of this, she was banned from returning to South Africa for many years. After moving to the United States her career was...more

  • Get To Know D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson

    Feb 04 2021

    Get to know organizer, trainer, big sister, godmother of four, and National Director of BYP100, D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson. D’atra tells us how her grandmother inspires her, and how kids and younger people can really make a difference in the world. She also tells us how she stays healthy and strong while fighting for equality as an activist.

  • Sojourner Truth Read By D'Atra "Dee Dee" Jackson

    Feb 02 2021

    Once there was a girl whose powerful voice would inspire people to fight for equality. Her name was Isabella Baumfree, but we know her now as Sojourner Truth. She was a Black woman born into slavery in Dutch-speaking rural New York in 1797. She escaped to freedom after nearly 30 years of being enslaved, was one of the first Black women to successfully sue a white man, and later changed her name to Sojourner, becoming a abolitionist and suffragist fighting for equality and women’s rights.  About ...more

  • Get To Know Randi Zuckerberg

    Jan 28 2021

    Get to know Randi Zuckerberg, who narrated the story of computer programmer Grace Hopper. Randi, one of the early employees at Facebook, is the best selling author of four books, and producer of multiple television shows and theater productions to help kids have “aha moments” about technology. She tells us why it’s important to have even more girls getting into STEM fields, and what it takes for girls to make it in the tech world.

  • Grace Hopper Read by Randi Zuckerberg

    Jan 26 2021

    In this episode, the Queen of Code! Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was the third-ever programmer for the world’s first programmable computer, the Mark I. Through her years of service to the U.S. Navy and private business, including during World War II, Grace helped push the boundaries of the new computer industry by developing key innovations in computer programming. Known today as Amazing Grace, the Grandmother of Programming, and the Queen of Code, Grace’s contributions to computing continue t...more

  • Get To Know Ilana Glazer

    Jan 21 2021

    Get to know actor, comedian, and activist Ilana Glazer, who narrated the story of Vice President Kamala Harris. Ilana tells us how she got into comedy and acting, and why it is so important to use her platform to encourage young people to vote and become involved in politics. She also gives ideas for how (and why) kids can get involved in politics and make a difference in the world even before they are old enough to vote.

  • Inauguration Day Special: Kamala Harris Read by Ilana Glazer

    Jan 19 2021

    Once upon a time, in Berkeley, California, there was a girl, who would shatter glass ceilings. Her name is Kamala Harris. Kamala is the daughter of immigrant parents from Jamaica and India who both became PhDs and taught their daughter about the importance of her heritage and her voice.  Kamala would grow up and forge her own path - from the halls of her Historically Black College to the halls of congress and then onto the second highest office in the land. About the NarratorActor and comedian I...more

  • Get To Know Lindsey "Crazy Aunt Lindsey" Murphy

    Jan 14 2021

    Get to know Lindsey E. Murphy, who narrated the story of chemist Alice Ball. Murphy is the award-winning creator and host of The Fab Lab With Crazy Aunt Lindsey. In this episode, she tells us what made her fall in love with science, and why kids, especially girls, should be excited by science today. She also talks about the importance of representation in STEM fields, and how we can go about designing our own experiments at home!

  • Alice Ball Read by Lindsey "Crazy Aunt Lindsey" Murphy

    Jan 12 2021

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to help people who were in pain. Her name was Alice Ball, an incredibly bright, determined young woman who grew up to be a brilliant chemist — developing life-changing treatments for patients with leprosy. She was also the first woman and first African American to graduate with a master’s degree in chemistry and also teach at the University of Hawaii It all started when she was just a young girl growing up in Seattle, observing her family use science...more

  • Get to Know Emily Calandrelli

    Jan 07 2021

    Get to know Science communicator Emily Calandrelli. She is the host and co-executive producer of the hit Netflix series Emily’s Wonder Lab. In this episode, Emily tells us what made her fall in love with outer space, and why kids should be interested in space exploration. We even get to learn how to create our own science experiments at home!

  • Mae Jemison Narrated by Emily Calandrelli

    Jan 05 2021

    In this episode, a girl who dreamed of the stars, and launched herself into history. In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to go into space. Mae dreamed of becoming a scientist when she was a child, and along with being an astronaut, she also worked as a doctor, professor, Peace Corps member, and CEO. Today, she continues reaching for the stars through the 100 Year Starship project, which aims to make interstellar space travel possible by 2112. This story is narrated by science c...more

  • Best of Rebel Girls: Get to Know Freida Pinto

    Dec 31 2020

    Get to know actress and activist Freida Pinto! Freida is known for acclaimed films such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Trishna,’ 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Desert Dancer,' and ‘Knight of Cups.' She has been involved with Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education and empowerment, for 4 years. In this interview she explains where her commitment to activism comes from.

  • Best of Rebel Girls: Noor Inayat Khan read by Freida Pinto

    Dec 29 2020

    In this episode, a princess who became a spy, the story of Noor Inayat Khan. Noor was born in Russia to an American mother and a Muslim father who came from a noble family. By the time she was a young girl she had moved from Russia to England and then to France, gaining understanding of all of these cultures along the way. This would serve her well when, during World War II, she joined British intelligence and was the first female wireless operator to be sent to occupied France. Noor Inayat Khan...more

  • Get To Know Brit Morin

    Dec 24 2020

    Meet Brit Morin, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co, a modern lifestyle and education company. Brit brought us the story of princess, fashion designer and businesswoman Diane Von Furstenberg. In this interview she tells us more about the experience of being an entrepreneur and how you can get started on your OWN business adventure.

  • Diane Von Furstenberg Read by Brit Morin

    Dec 22 2020

    Diane Von Furstenberg is a fashion icon who made a huge impact on the way women dress today with her signature wrap dress in the 1970’s. In this episode we explore her life from her early days in Belgium and France to her becoming a real-life princess and then taking the fashion world by storm with a style and sense that is all her own.About the NarratorBrit Morin is the founder & CEO of Brit + Co, a modern lifestyle and education company providing classes, content, products and experiences ...more

  • Get To Know Friederike Fabritius

    Dec 17 2020

    Meet neuroscientist, keynote speaker, and award-winning author, Friederike Fabritius! Friederike brought us the story of Daniela Schiller and in this interview gives us important tips for how we can all keep our brains healthy and happy.

  • Daniela Schiller Read By Friederike Fabritius

    Dec 15 2020

    Daniela Schiller is an Israeli-born cognitive neuroscientist whose groundbreaking research on memory and fear has opened up new pathways for treating addiction, responding to trauma, and addressing phobias. Through a series of experiments conducted in laboratories in New York City in the 2000s, Daniela proved that emotions like fear can be removed from the memories they are associated with, thus challenging long-held assumptions that, once formed, memories could not be changed.About the Narrator...more

  • Get To Know Diane Guerrero

    Dec 10 2020

    Meet actress, activist, and author Diane Guerrero who brought us the story of activist and DREAMer, Lorella Praeli. Diane tells us the story of her own family’s experience with family separation and how we can all have hard conversations about immigration.

  • Lorella Praeli Read By Diane Guerrero

    Dec 08 2020

    Born in Peru, Lorella Praeli became an activist at a young age when she stood up to middle school bullies in her small Connecticut town and, in college, came out as an undocumented immigrant. Within a few years, she became known as one of the foremost and fiercest youth advocates working to pass the DREAM Act, which would offer protections for undocumented youth. Though she became an American citizen in 2015, today, Lorella continues to fight for change and build power among immigrants in the U....more

  • Get To Know Kyle Zimmer of First Book

    Dec 03 2020

    In this special interview episode, Rebel Girls, Inc. CEO, Jes Wolfe, interviews First Book founder Kyle Zimmer. Kyle talks about the origins of First Book, and the impacts she has seen as her organization has worked for over 30 years to get books and educational materials into the hands of kids in need. She also talks about the impacts of reading on her own life and worldview. 

  • Rebel Girls and First Book Team Up!

    Dec 01 2020

    It’s Giving Tuesday! In this special episode, we’ve teamed up with First Book (www.firstbook.org), a great organization getting books and educational materials into the hands of kids in need. Hear four amazing educators from the First Book network read stories they chose straight from the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books, and tell us why they connect with those women in particular. And now through the end of the month, for any book purchased at www.rebelgirls.com, we’ll donate another on...more

  • Get To Know Liz Montague

    Nov 26 2020

    Liz Montague believes in representation and in this interview she tells us how she gently suggested that the New Yorker needed a little bit more of it in their famous cartoons. Liz read us the story of graphic-novelist Marjane Satrapi who was an inspiration to her as an artist and a storyteller!

  • Marjane Satrapi read by Liz Montage

    Nov 24 2020

    This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo. Visit www.kiwico.com and enter in promo REBELS for 50% off your first month plus free shipping on all crate lines!The story of Marjane Satrapi takes us from war-torn Iran to the streets of Paris. Marjane grew up under the rule of a strict religious government and always felt the need to push the limits that surrounded her. After moving to Paris as a young adult she found a way to tell her story: with simple black and white images and an unending commitment to...more

  • Get to Know Brenna Huckaby

    Nov 19 2020

    In this interview we get to know snowboarder and mom to two rebel girls, Brenna Huckaby, who read us the story of Anne Wafula Strike! Brenna talks about her love of sports and how she discovered a passion for snowboarding after losing her leg to cancer. We also hear about how she’s raising her girls to be strong and confident.

  • Anne Wafula Strike Read By Brenna Huckaby

    Nov 17 2020

    This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo. Visit www.kiwico.com and enter in promo REBELS for 50% off your first month plus free shipping on all crate lines!In this episode we learn the incredible story of Anne Wafula Strike. Anne grew up in Kenya where an undiagnosed case of polio left her with limited movement in her arms and legs. After moving to the United Kingdom to get married she was prescribed a wheelchair which changed her life forever. She became a competitive wheelchair racer and competed f...more

  • Get To Know Andra Day

    Nov 12 2020

    Meet the amazing soul, jazz and R&B singer, songwriter and performer, Andra Day. Andra read us the story of the child musical prodigy who grew up to wow audiences around the world, Hazel Scott. Andra tells us all about her creative process and what inspires her to make music!

  • Hazel Scott Read By Andra Day

    Nov 10 2020

    This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo. Visit www.kiwico.com and enter in promo REBELS for 50% off your first month plus free shipping on all crate lines!Today we meet the incredible jazz and classical pianist, Hazel Scott. Hazel was a musical prodigy as a child and started at The Juilliard School of Music when she was just 8 years old! By her teen years she was playing piano all over New York City and eventually found her way to film and television. Her skills and talents were undeniable but it’s ...more

  • Get to Know Dana King

    Nov 05 2020

    Meet Dana King! She’s a former broadcast journalist turned sculptor who believes in the power of commemorative art. She brought us the amazing story of Edmonia Lewis, a Black, female sculptor who lived and worked in the late 1800’s in America and Europe. In this interview Dana tells us why she is so passionate about her work and the moment she KNEW she was a sculptor.

  • Edmonia Lewis Read By Dana King

    Nov 03 2020

    On this episode we meet Edmonia Wildfire Lewis, a talented American sculptor who emigrated to Europe to push her art to the next level! As a Black female sculptor in the 19th century she blazed a trail through the world of art and created works of enormous magnitude. Though some of her work has been lost to history, her contributions to art and sculpture will never be forgotten!This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo. Visit www.kiwico.com and enter in promo REBELS for 50% off your first month plus f...more

  • Arianna Huffington read by Tanja Babich

    Oct 27 2020

    Known for her quick wit and boundless charm, Arianna Huffington is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur and media powerhouse best known for co-founding the popular website The Huffington Post. She’s also the founder of Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. Born in Athens, Greece, and fueled by her mother’s endless encouragement, Arianna has travele...more

  • Get To Know Tanja Babich

    Oct 27 2020

    Get to know Tanja Babich! Tanja is a news anchor for ABC 7 Chicago’s Eyewitness News in the Morning and is the daughter of Chilean and Serbian immigrants. In this interview she talks to us about how we can cover the news of our own communities and shares tips for parents on talking to their kids about current events.

  • Carmen Miranda read by Storm Large

    Oct 20 2020

    Carmen Miranda lived her life to a beat that was all her own. The incredible singer, dancer and all around entertainer brought her colorful and creative spirit to audiences on the stage and screen for decades, becoming one of the highest paid women in the United States after emigrating there in the 1940’s. Her star rose and fell and rose again but above it all, she was Carmen! About the NarratorStorm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author. She has sung and performed in bands for deca...more

  • Get to Know Storm Large

    Oct 20 2020

    Get to know Storm Large, the narrator for our incredible, colorful episode about Carmen Miranda! Storm (yup, that’s her real name!) is a singer, actor, activist, playwright AND author. In this interview she takes us through her journey as an artist and tell us how we can start writing our own songs.

  • Samantha Power read by Cecile Richards

    Oct 13 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who told powerful stories, and helped solve world problems. Her name is Samantha Power. Samantha was born in Ireland and moved to the United States with her mom and brother when she was 9 years old. She was always interested in telling stories and explaining how the world worked so she became a journalist, first in sports and later as a war correspondent. But world events pushed her into a life of service to her adopted country. Samantha worked for President Ba...more

  • Get to Know Cecile Richards

    Oct 13 2020

    Get to know Cecile Richards, a national leader for women’s right and social and economic justice in this Rebel Girls Interview. Cecile brought us the story of Samantha Power who served as the U.S Ambassador to the United Nations. Here, Cecile tells us about the rebel women who inspired her growing up and why you should never wait to be asked!

  • Get to Know Freida Pinto

    Oct 08 2020

    Get to know actress and activist Freida Pinto! Freida is known for acclaimed films such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire,' 'Trishna,’ 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Desert Dancer,' and ‘Knight of Cups.' She has been involved with Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education and empowerment, for 4 years. In this interview she explains where her commitment to activism comes from.

  • Noor Inayat Khan read by Freida Pinto

    Oct 06 2020

    In this episode, a princess who became a spy, the story of Noor Inayat Khan. Noor was born in Russia to an American mother and a Muslim father who came from a noble family. By the time she was a young girl she had moved from Russia to England and then to France, gaining understanding of all of these cultures along the way. This would serve her well when, during World War II, she joined British intelligence and was the first female wireless operator to be sent to occupied France. Noor Inayat Khan...more

  • Alice Guy Blache read by Brenda Chapman

    Sep 29 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl whose love for stories would make her the first female filmmaker in the world. Her name was Alice Guy Blache. Alice was a pioneer in filmmaking, starting her storied career as an assistant in a French camera factory and eventually owning her own successful movie studio in the United States. Guy-Blache made hundreds of films over her lifetime and pushed the art form forward in many ways. This is her story.About the NarratorBrenda Chapman started her career as a ...more

  • Get to Know Brenda Chapman

    Sep 29 2020

    Get to know Brenda Chapman, who helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios and later joined Pixar Animation Studios where she created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her daughter - for which she was the first woman to win an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. Currently, Chapman is working on a novel, a memoir and a children’s book.

  • In Memory: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Read by Pricilla Chan

    Sep 22 2020

    The world lost a mighty voice on Friday, September 18th. On this episode we celebrate the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.Though she seemed quiet and shy, Ruth was brilliant with a quick mind and a big heart. When Ruth learned about lawyers who worked to ensure people were treated fairly, she dreamed of becoming one. She was determined to make the world a more equal place for women, men, immigrants, and people of color. And she did just that, first as a lawyer, and t...more

  • Get to know Laurene Powell Jobs

    Sep 15 2020

    Get to know Laurene Powell-Jobs who read the story of Tereza Lee. Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and president of Emerson Collective. Emerson’s mission centers on advancing immigration policies, preserving the environment, re-envisioning the future of high school, and ending gun violence in Chicago.

  • Tereza Lee read by Laurene Powell Jobs

    Sep 15 2020

    Often described as the “original DREAMer,” Tereza Lee is an activist and musician who bravely stepped out of the shadows to share her story as a young undocumented immigrant in the United States. Although the U.S. Congress has yet to pass the DREAM Act, which would offer protections for undocumented youth, Tereza’s decision to tell the world her story helped build a national movement for undocumented youth—and launched Tereza into a life of activism that continues to this day.About the NarratorL...more

  • Sandra And The Stars

    Sep 08 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who dreamed of going to the moon. Her name isSandra Cauffman, and today she is an electrical engineer who works at NASA.On a summer night in Costa Rica, Sandra watched the first moon landing on her neighbor's TV. After seeing Neil Armstrong’s boot touch the moon’s surface, she knew then, that she wanted to be part of the adventure!Sponsored by: https://www.rebelgirls.comUse promocode REBELPODCAST to get 15% off your first purchase!Credits:This podcast is a prod...more

  • Best of Rebel Girls: Harriet Tubman read by Tarana Burke

    Sep 01 2020

    This Summer we're reuniting with the stories of some of our favorite Rebel Girls. This week, Harriet Tubman.Once upon a time, there was a girl who fought for freedom. Her name was Harriet. In this episode, you will learn about the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history. Harriet risked her life to free hundreds of enslaved people and she remains one of the most powerful symbols of the human need for freedom and equality.The narrator of this episode is t...more

  • Best of Rebel Girls: Celia Cruz read by Justina Machado

    Aug 18 2020

    This Summer we're reuniting with the stories of some of our favorite Rebel Girls. This week, Celia Cruz!Once upon a time, a girl learned to sing before she could talk. Her name was Celia. She began singing to her siblings and cousins at bedtime, but a voice like that needed to be shared. Everywhere she went, she sang. She sang when she was in pain and she sang when she felt incredible joy—shouting an exuberant “¡Azúcar!” to her adoring fans. In glittering gowns and extravagant, ruffled ensembles...more

  • Best of Rebel Girls: Ada Lovelace Read by Jodi Kantor

    Aug 11 2020

    This fall on our Podcast, we're reuniting with the stories of our favorite Rebel Girls. Up first: Ada Lovelace!As a child, Ada Lovelace loved machines. She studied birds and drew sketches trying to build her own flying machine. She put all of her notes into a little book which she called "Flyology."When Ada went to a ball, she didn't find a prince to marry her. Instead, she found an old mathematician, Charles Babbage, who became her lifelong friend. With Babbage, Ada wrote the first programming ...more

  • Get to Know Lindsey Vonn

    Aug 03 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Lindsey Vonn who narrated the previous episode about Simone Biles. If you haven't listened to that episode, now is a great time to go back and check it out.About Lindsey:Lindsey Vonn is a former alpine ski racer for the United States Ski Team. She’s won Olympic bronze and gold medals, two World Championship gold medals, and four overall World Cup titles. A New York Times bestselling author, she founded the Lindse...more

  • Simone Biles read by Lindsey Vonn

    Jul 27 2020

    Description:Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved flipping, flying, and tumbling. Her name was Simone Biles.Simone is an Olympic champion gymnast and first-ever woman to land a triple-double in competition on the floor. She’s world-renowned for making gymnastics look effortless, but Simone overcame all kinds of adversity. Listen to hear more about her adoption, struggles with ADHD, and time training with the Final Five.About the Narrator:Lindsey Vonn is a former alpine ski racer for the U...more

  • Get to Know Cristina Mittermeier

    Jul 20 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today we meet Cristina Mittermeier, who narrated the previous episode about Jane Goodall. If you haven't yet listened to that episode, now is a great time to check it out.Credits:This podcast is a production of Rebel Girls and Boom Integrated, a division of John Marshall Media. It’s based on the book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.Our Executive Producers are Elena Favilli and Dan Ilani. This season was produced by John Marsha...more

  • Jane Goodall read by Cristina Mittermeier

    Jul 13 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who dreamed of living with animals in faraway Africa. Her name was Jane.Jane Goodall was a secretary when her boss offered her the unique opportunity to travel to Africa and observe chimpanzees. Jane, who adored animals as a girl, traveled to Gombe where she spent three months observing, and spending time with the primates. Some of what she observed rocked the scientific community around the world, shaping how we understand the animal kingdom today.About the Na...more

  • Get to Know Ashley Graham

    Jul 06 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Ashley Graham who narrated the previous episode about Josephine Baker. If you haven't yet listened to that episode, now is a great time to check it out.About Ashley:Ashley Graham is an American supermodel, designer, author, advocate, andentrepreneur. Ashley is a passionate voice for inclusivity, leveraging herplatform to inspire confidence and empower others. In addition to being a brandambassador for Revlon, Ash...more

  • Josephine Baker read by Ashley Graham

    Jun 29 2020

    Description:Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a dancer, a spy, and a civil rights activist. Her name was Josephine.One of the most sought-after performers in history, Josephine Baker became known for her unique style and humor. She refused to perform for segregated audiences, aided the French Resistance during WWII, and stood alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the March on Washington. Her extraordinary career paved the way for generations of Black female entertainers.About the N...more

  • Get to Know Gayle King

    Jun 23 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Gayle King who narrated the previous episode about Oprah Winfrey. If you haven't yet listened to that episode, now is a great time to go back and check it out.About Gayle:Gayle King is co-host of CBS THIS MORNING, and an accomplished television journalist, delivering original reporting to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She is also editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.Learn more:You c...more

  • Oprah Winfrey read by Gayle King

    Jun 15 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl whose little voice grew to make a big difference. Her name was Oprah. When Oprah won a beauty pageant, a local radio invited her to the studio to realize her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist. But it wasn’t easy. Oprah did not fit into the image that media titans wanted at the time. Nevertheless, she charmed audiences with her inner strength and generosity. And as Oprah’s fame grew, she used her platform to take care of others. She built libraries, start...more

  • Get to Know Pearl Thusi

    Jun 09 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Pearl Thusi who narrated the previous episode about Michelle Obama. If you haven't yet listened to that episode, now is a great time to go back and check it out.About Pearl:Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality. She currently stars as the title character in Queen Sono, Netflix’s first African original series.Learn more:You can learn more about Michelle Obama, on pag...more

  • Michelle Obama read by Pearl Thusi

    Jun 03 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who always aimed high—and inspired others to do the same. Her name was Michelle. When Michelle was a little girl living on the Southside of Chicago, her mother always told her: “If it can be done, you can do it.” Though often full of self-doubt, Michelle was so smart and hardworking, that she skipped second grade, and in middle school, she graduated second in her class. She went on to study law at Harvard and eventually became the first Black First Lady of the ...more

  • Get to Know Yuan Yuan Tan

    May 26 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Yuan Yuan Tan who narrated the previous episode about Alicia Alonso. If you haven't yet listened to last week's episode, now is a great time to go back and check it out.About Yuan Yuan :Yuan Yuan Tan is a Principal dancer with the famous San Francisco Ballet, celebrating her record-breaking 25th anniversary in this 2020 season. Born in Shanghai, Yuan Yuan began dancing when she was 11 years old and went on to bec...more

  • Alicia Alonso read by Yuan Yuan Tan

    May 19 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a Cuban ballerina who was blind. Her name was Alicia.As a little girl, Alicia was a naturally talented dancer. She spent her days filled with hours and hours of practice. She became one of the best dancers in the world. Then when she was 19, a medical condition caused her to lose her ability to see but that did not stop Alicia. She continued to dance and choreograph. She even started her own dance company which became the National Dance Company of Cuba.About the Narra...more

  • Get to Know Kat Taylor

    May 12 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kat Taylor who narrated the previous episode about Temple Grandin. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out.About Kat:Kat Taylor is a philanthropist dedicated to restoring social justice and environmental well-being, and building a more inclusive world. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises and currently serves as Co-Founder and Board Chair of Benef...more

  • Temple Grandin read by Kat Taylor

    May 05 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought in pictures instead of words. Her name was Temple. When Temple was a girl, her parents realized she was different. Her mind was full of pictures of everything she’d ever seen or experienced. Temple was then diagnosed with autism. In the 1950s, doctors didn't know much about her condition, so they recommended that Temple be sent away. Temple’s mother insisted that she would thrive at home with the right support and the right education. Because of tha...more

  • Get to Know Jameela Jamil

    Apr 28 2020

    This season, we invited kids to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Jameela Jamil who narrated the previous episode about Greta Thunberg. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Jameela offers advice on how to avoid bullies and how we can all do our part to protect the planet.About Jameela:Jameela works as an actress, writer, host and advocate. In 2018, Jameela launched a movement and activism platform called I Weigh. The pl...more

  • Greta Thunberg read by Jameela Jamil

    Apr 21 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a Swedish girl who refused to go to school. Her name was Greta.When Greta found out about an island of trash the size of Mexico floating around the ocean, she couldn’t understand why there weren’t more people concerned enough to take action. Greta found strength in talking about how global warming affects kids and grownups alike and how together we can make a positive impact on the world we live in.Our narrator this episode is the one-of-a-kind Jameela Jamil. She is a...more

  • Get to Know Tatiana Maslany

    Apr 15 2020

    Today you'll hear from famed Hollywood actress, Tatiana Maslany, who narrated the previous episode about Hedy Lamarr. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. In this interview Tatiana reveals how she embraces her 'inner weirdo' and how she relies on internet to stay connected with her family.

  • Hedy Lamarr read by Tatiana Maslany

    Apr 07 2020

    Growing up in Austria-Hungary, Hedy Lamarr had two great passions: acting and inventing. She’s best known for her work in Hollywood, stunning American audiences with her beauty and compelling dramatic talents. But recently she’s earned recognition for her technological contributions as well. She and her friend, the composer George Antheil, received a patent for radio-frequency technology that is now valued at over 300 Billion dollars. Because of Hedy, your family can safely send secure text mess...more

  • Get to Know Ruth Reichl

    Mar 31 2020

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Ruth Reichl who narrated the previous episode about Julia Child. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Ruth reveals how her partner supported her when she had career opportunities and her desired last meal!About Reichl:Ruth Reichl, Gourmet's editor in chief, is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples,...more

  • Julia Child read by Ruth Reichl

    Mar 24 2020

    Once upon a time, there was a towering girl who would inspire a culinary revolution in America. Her name was Julia. Julia was a spy during World War II, but when she met her husband abroad--she withheld one important secret: she did not know how to cook. She soon enrolled as the first woman to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She learned how to cook delicious food, bake extravagant cakes, and create tasty recipes. Julia changed the face of cooking in America forever.About the Narrator:Rut...more

  • Get to Know Kit Deslauriers

    Mar 17 2020

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kit Deslauriers who narrated the previous episode about Junko Tabei. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out. Kit reveals how she first felt when she arrived on the summit of Everest as well as the importance of taking care of our planet.About Deslauriers:Kit DesLauriers is the first person to ski the Seven Summits and the first woman to ski Eve...more

  • Junko Tabei read by Kit Deslauriers

    Mar 10 2020

    Once upon a time there was a girl who climbed to the very top of the world. Her name was Junko Tabei. In fourth grade, her teacher Watanabe-Sensei takes her class on a trip to a mountain. It’s bigger than any Junko’s ever seen, and she’s determined to make it to the top. After the trip, Junko becomes a mountaineer in body and spirit. She climbs snowy mountains, rocky mountains, and even faraway mountains outside of her home country of Japan. She joins climbing clubs and befriends fellow climbers...more

  • ENCORE Episode: Wangari Maathai read by Melinda Gates

    Feb 25 2020

    When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, a woman decided to bring the forest back and planted a million trees. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt movement in Africa and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. In this episode, you will learn about one of the most inspiring activists and environmentalists of our time.The host of this episode is the American philanthropist Melinda Gates.This episode was produced by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, written by Ann...more

  • Get to Know May Boeve

    Jul 30 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from May Boeve who narrated the previous episode about Katia Krafft. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Boeve reveals how she first cultivated an interest in climate change, the incredible humans who are working to create positive change, and the risk involved with her daily responsibilities!About Boeve:Self-proclaimed activist May Boeve is the...more

  • Katia Krafft read by May Boeve

    Jul 23 2019

    Once upon a time, a girl dreamed of sailing down a river of lava. Her name was Katia. Katia became fascinated with volcanoes when she first saw them on-screen at a small French movie theater as a teenager. So, she set out to study them, capturing their magnificent beauty and power through the lens of her camera. With her daredevil husband Maurice by her side, Katia visited over half of the world’s active volcanoes, sailed a boat into a lake of acid, and even escaped out a second-story window int...more

  • Get To Know Tanja Babich

    Jul 16 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Tanja Babich who narrated the previous episode about Carmen Amaya. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Tanja reveals how she optimizes her schedule to be an early morning news anchor, her superpower, and how she deals with criticism!About Babich:Tanja Babich gives the term “early riser” a run for its money, waking up at 2:30 AM each weekday...more

  • Carmen Amaya read by Tanja Babich

    Jul 09 2019

    Once upon a time, there lived a flamenco dancer who could break floorboards with her feet. Her name was Carmen. Everywhere she went, audiences were awed and shocked by her masterful dancing and the fury of her feet. She belonged to the Romany, a group of people in Europe known as gypsies and treated as outsiders. But Carmen would not allow her family to suffer prejudice and ignorance. Family was everything to her, and every penny she made, from dancing at taverns or in small market squares to pe...more

  • Get To Know Jackie Cruz

    Jul 02 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Jackie Cruz who narrated the previous episode about the Mirabal Sisters. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Cruz reveals what it was like growing up in the Dominican Republic, her experience surviving a car accident, and more!About Cruz:Actor, musician, activist and feminist Jackie Cruz currently stars as “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales" on Netf...more

  • The Mirabal Sisters read by Jackie Cruz

    Jun 25 2019

    Once upon a time, four sisters led their country to freedom. Their names were Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dedé. Though they lived in a beautiful country, it was ruled by a cruel and arrogant dictator. Minerva wanted to do something about the injustices she saw, so she recruited her sisters, hosted secret meetings, and gathered weapons for a revolution. Tragically, three of the sisters did not live to see their plan enacted. But Dedé lived on to tell the story of her three brave sisters kn...more

  • Get to Know Marcy Vaj

    Jun 18 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Marcy Vaj who narrated the previous episode about Bebe Vio. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Vaj reveals how her violin bow has become her personal weapon, how feminism has changed as she's grown older, and more!About Vaj:MARCY VAJ is a busy violinist/violist, composer, personnel manager/contractor, and teacher. She has co-produced and o...more

  • Bebe Vio read by Marcy Vaj

    Jun 11 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who wielded a sword. Her name was Beatrice Vio or “Bebe” for short. When Bebe was just 11 years old, she came down with a severe case of meningitis. She survived a quadruple amputation, forcing her to relearn almost everything. But Bebe wanted more than just to walk or brush her teeth—Bebe wanted to fence again. And beyond that, Bebe wanted to win. Using prostheses of her own invention, Bebe fenced all the way to the paralympic games.About the Narrator:MARCY VA...more

  • Get to Know Justina Machado

    Jun 04 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Justina Machado who narrated the previous episode about Celia Cruz. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Machado reveals the way she cultivated her personal style as well as how she finds hope in the current political climate.About Machado:A talented and versatile actress, Justina Machado continues to endear audiences and earn critical accla...more

  • Celia Cruz read by Justina Machado

    May 28 2019

    Once upon a time, a girl learned to sing before she could talk. Her name was Celia. She began singing to her siblings and cousins at bedtime, but a voice like that needed to be shared. Everywhere she went, she sang. She sang when she was in pain and she sang when she felt incredible joy—shouting an exuberant “¡Azúcar!” to her adoring fans. In glittering gowns and extravagant, ruffled ensembles, Celia filled the airwaves with her unique sound. Her talent earned her the name “The Queen of Salsa” a...more

  • Get to Know Amy Landecker

    May 21 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Amy Landecker who narrated the previous episode about Corrie Ten Boom. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Landecker reveals the guiding principles her parents communicated to her during her unconventional childhood, the meaning of resistance and more.About Landecker:Amy Landecker is known for her portrayal of Sarah Pfefferman on the award-...more

  • Corrie Ten Boom read by Amy Landecker

    May 14 2019

    Once upon a time, a girl risked everything to do what was right. Her name was Corrie. From the time she was a small child, Corrie learned two things from her parents: how to make a broken watch tick and how to care for people in need. Her family always took in those less fortunate than themselves, so when Jewish people knocked on their door asking for sanctuary, Corrie knew just what to do. Her courage saved more than 800 people from persecution during WWII.About the Narrator:Amy Landecker is kn...more

  • Get to Know Lowri Morgan

    May 07 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Lowri Morgan who narrated the previous episode about Aisholpan Nurgaiv. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go back and check it out! Lowri reveals her motivations for being an ultramarathon runner, what she listens to along the way and more.About Lowri:Lowri Morgan is an accomplished broadcaster, ultra-athlete and motivational speaker. She has competed in some of t...more

  • Aisholpan Nurgaiv read by Lowri Morgan

    Apr 30 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived where snowy peaks scraped the sky. Her name was Aisholpan. For generations, Kazakh nomads in Mongolia raised golden eagles to hunt. Aisholpan’s father was one of the best eagle hunters, so she asked him to teach her everything he knew. Despite the danger, she caught and trained her own eagle in the icy Altai mountains. She became the first woman to enter the Golden Eagle competition—and win!—inspiring female eagle hunters for years to come.About the N...more

  • Get To Know Priscilla Chan

    Apr 23 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Priscilla Chan who narrated the previous episode about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Priscilla reveals the problems she encountered growing up that she's now trying to solve as well as what it was like to be the first in her family to attend college.About Priscilla:Priscilla Chan is co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initia...more

  • Get To Know Kealia Ohai

    Apr 09 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Kealia Ohai who narrated the previous episode about Ashley Fiolek. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Kealia elaborates on her own experience overcoming physical limitations, advises on how to pursue your dreams regardless of naysayers, and expresses her passion for athletics on and off the field.About Kealia:Kealia Mae Ohai is an American soccer p...more

  • Ashley Fiolek read by Kealia Ohai

    Apr 02 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who became a motocross champion. Her name was Ashley Fiolek. While growing up, Ashley’s parents knew their daughter loved motorcycles but did not know why she would not speak. It turned out that Ashley was completely deaf! So, the whole family learned sign language and, when she was old enough, traveled around with Ashley to her motocross competitions. Though Ashley couldn’t hear the rumble of her bike, she could feel the vibrations of the engine as if the mach...more

  • Get To Know Funmilola Fagbamila

    Mar 26 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Funmilola Fagbamila who narrated the previous episode about the life of Queen Nanny. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, now is a good time to go check it out! Funmilola reveals how her art and activism collide, the skills it requires to be a successful organizer and why Queen Nanny's story personally resonated.About Funmilola:Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist,...more

  • Queen Nanny read by Funmilola Fagbamila

    Mar 19 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who couldn’t be captured. Her name was Nanny. In the jungles of Jamaica, escaped slaves called maroons lived together in colonies, and “Queen Nanny,” as they called her, was one of their leaders. Helped along by her ancestors and the strength of her people, Nanny taught slaves to use the environment to their advantage and fight back. Queen Nanny’s legacy continues to inspire activists and rebels to this day.About the Narrator:Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian A...more

  • Get to Know Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 12 2019

    This season, we invited our credit readers to interview our storytellers. Today, you'll hear from Poorna Jagannathan who narrated the previous episode about the life of Mary Kom. Poorna reveals how her own parents found out about her acting career, her role of a lifetime and where she's happiest.About Poorna:Poorna Jagannathan is an award-winning actress and producer. Critically acclaimed for her performance on HBO's "The Night Of," Jagannathan will soon be seen in season 2 of HBO's "Big Little ...more

  • Mary Kom read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 05 2019

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who grew up to be the most successful boxer in India’s history. Her name was Mary Kom. Mary was an energetic child who was naturally drawn towards sports. So she enrolled herself in a sports academy where she discovered her love of boxing, but her trainers thought she was too small. Still, Mary sparred until she improved her technique, showing up early and staying late to train. She was terrified her parents would stop her, but they eventually grew to be her bi...more

  • Frida Kahlo read by Pamela Adlon

    Jun 26 2018

    Once upon a time, in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City, there was a girl who lived in a blue house. Her name was Frida. From the outside, Frida's blue house was a common stucco building, with bright blue walls, tall windows, and green shutters. But past the entrance, a world of wonder awaited.This episode marks the grand finale of season 1 of our show. Thank you, our listeners from all over the world: please, keep sharing the show with your friends and family and stay tuned... season ...more

  • Wangari Maathai's Story read by Melinda Gates

    Jun 12 2018

    When lakes started to dry up and streams seemed to disappear, a woman decided to bring the forest back and planted a million trees. Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt movement in Africa and the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize. In this episode, you will learn about one of the most inspiring activists and environmentalists of our time.The host of this episode is the American philanthropist Melinda Gates.This episode was produced by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, written by Ann...more

  • Harriet Tubman's Story read by Tarana Burke

    Jun 05 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a girl who fought for freedom. Her name was Harriet. In this episode, you will learn about the incredible story of Harriet Tubman, one of the greatest heroes in American history. Harriet risked her life to free hundreds of enslaved people and she remains one of the most powerful symbols of the human need for freedom and equality.The narrator of this episode is activist Tarana Burke, the founder of the #Metoo movement.This episode was produced by Francesca Cavallo and ...more

  • Grace O'Malley's Story read by Allison Mosshart

    May 22 2018

    Grace O'Malley was a fierce, Irish pirate who fought for her people and sailed all the way around Great Britain and up the Thames to meet with Queen Elizabeth I in person. When they met, Grace convinced the Queen to revisit her policies and to turn against the English politician she had sent to conquer Grace's territories. How did she do it?Let yourself be transported to the stormy, west coast of Ireland and inside the life of one of the most inspiring pirates of all times.ABOUT THE HOSTAllison ...more

  • Ada Lovelace's Story read by Jodi Kantor

    May 08 2018

    As a child, Ada Lovelace loved machines. She studied birds and drew sketches trying to build her own flying machine. She put all of her notes into a little book which she called "Flyology."When Ada went to a ball, she didn't find a prince to marry her. Instead, she found an old mathematician, Charles Babbage, who became her lifelong friend. With Babbage, Ada wrote the first programming language in history.THE HOSTThis episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was read by Jodi Kantor. Jodi Ka...more

  • Madam C.J. Walker's Story read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Apr 24 2018

    Once upon a time, there was an inventor and entrepreneur named Madam C.J. Walker. She was the child of slaves, the first in her family to be born free, thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation. As a child, she had to work in the cotton fields to help support her family. Later, as a teenaged orphan, she became a washerwoman, backbreaking work considered one of the worst and most difficult jobs a woman could have.But she dreamed of more -- for herself and her daughter. When, due to an illness, her ...more

  • Billie Jean King's Story read by Jessica Valenti

    Apr 10 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a bespectacled girl who loved tennis. She was resourceful and figured out a way to get tennis lessons for free since her family didn't have a lot of money. When she became a national champion, she began to fight for equal rights within the tennis circuit: equal pay for men AND women. This led to a revolution in the sport, paving the way for future female superstars like Venus and Serena Williams.Jessica Valenti is a columnist for the Guardian US and the author of mult...more

  • Maria Callas' Story Read by Our Lady J

    Mar 26 2018

    Once upon a time, there was a nearsighted girl who could sing like no other. Her name was Maria Callas. She came from troubled beginnings but grew up to become the most famous soprano in opera. Soon, she traveled the world, known simply as La Divina, the divine one, and moved audiences wherever she went.This episode of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is produced by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, with writing and operation support by Darby Maloney and Elyssa Dudley. Sound Design and Orig...more

  • Virginia Hall's Story read by S. Mitra Kalita

    Mar 20 2018

    Once, there was a girl with a wooden leg who was a master of disguise. Her name was Virginia. She loved adventure, hunting, and traveling the world. She wanted to join the Foreign Service but was denied entry; they didn't allow amputees. And so she became a spy for the Allied forces during World War II. She was really good at her job and put her life at risk many times in the name of freedom. She was even put on a "most-wanted" list by the German secret police! She went on to become one of the f...more

  • Yusra Mardini's Story read by Diana Nyad

    Mar 13 2018

    Once, there was a girl who loved to swim. Her name was Yusra Mardini. She was born in Damascus, Syria, a country long gripped by war. When her home was destroyed by a bomb she knew she had to leave the country, so she and her family fled by way of a boat filled with too many refugees. When the motor broke down, she and her sisters became heroes, swimming and pulling the boat to safety. In Germany, Yusra found glory as one of the first refugee teams ever to compete in the Olympics.ABOUT DIANA NYA...more

  • Margaret Hamilton's Story read by Poorna Jagannathan

    Mar 06 2018

    Once, there was a girl who put a man on the Moon. Her name was Margaret Hamilton. When she was young, girls didn't study computers. But Margaret was curious about space, and she was smart. Really smart. She never thought twice about being the only woman in the room. With her cool-headedness and brilliant programming skills, she was able to avert disaster and maneuver the first successful American moon landing, Apollo 11.Poorna Jagannathan is an actress and the producer of "Nirbhaya" ('Fearless')...more

  • Introducing Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Feb 19 2018

    Coming March 6th, a fairy tale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us. This show is based on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the global best-selling book written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, inspiring millions of girls and women around the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder.Sponsored by:www.rebelgirls.co